Health & Medical

3 Tips to Avoid Winter Falls and Slips

Written by Nancy

Canada sees the worst of winter every year. The icy winds, sub-zero temperatures, and the tough daily commute aren’t exactly easy to deal with. At the same time, it also gives you the unadulterated joy of spending time with your family indoors or just calmly watching it snow through your window.

The snow inspires your sense of wonder and helps you appreciate the beauty of nature—as long as you’re watching it from a distance. Having to deal with the same snow up-close can be quite dangerous if you’re not too careful. This brings us to our least favourite aspect of snowing: the falls and slips.

Let’s see what you can do to avoid slips and falls when it’s snowing:

The right footwear

Don’t venture out of the house without wearing slip-resistant footwear. These will give you better grip and traction when you’re walking on icy surfaces. When choosing the right footwear, make sure you opt for soft rubber compounds. These are effective in providing the right kind of support on oil and grease-covered surfaces.

Shoes that are made of cowhide work best in the snow. Not only do they keep snow out of your feet, but they also prevent water from seeping in. You can also look for shoes with rubber soles and deep treads or ones with micro-spikes. They help you keep your feet stable and provide ankle support at the same time.

Take it slow

It’s better to be late to work than rush and hurt yourself. One of the most effective ways to stay safe in winters is to walk slowly and take baby steps—especially if the road outside is covered in snow. Baby steps will not only help you remain upright but will give you better control over your balance. Always walk on clear paths that are frequently shoveled and cleared. When you’re walking, make sure you bend your knees slightly so that the center of gravity is towards your front leg.

You might think walking like a penguin will make you look stupid but it’s fine as long as it keeps you safe. Don’t hesitate to walk flat-footed and spreading your feet outwards. Avoid carrying too many items when you’re walking on snow. Staying empty-handed makes your walk more stable.

sliding on the snow

Safety training

Prevention was, is, and always will be better than cure. If the nature of your work requires you to spend long hours out in the snow, you may want to enrol in a slip and fall protection safety training program.

An occupational first aid program will help you make sure you and your coworkers are able to get through work without hurting yourself. The program teaches you to recognize slip-related hazards and avoid near-death accidents by mitigating those risks. Other than that, you can also learn the fundamentals of basic first aid that could help you treat injuries until medical help can be sought.

Metro Safety Training offers Red Cross certification cards to all their students in British Columbia. The course covers everything pertaining to first aid from winter slips and falls to cardiac arrests. Get in touch with them now.

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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